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Shadow Mountain Mortuary

2350 East Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Peggy Joyce Rocheleau

Passed away on 8 June , 2019
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Peggy Joyce Rocheleau passed away June 8, 2019.

Funeral Mass and Rosary were held June 26 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

She was born in Harlan, Kentucky, and brought her family from Michigan to Phoenix in 1972.

She married Charlton Rocheleau in September 1992 and followed up with a church wedding in April 1993. Her husband and her two siblings preceded her in death.

Mrs. Rocheleau had myriad jobs including homemaker, bartender, phone operator, cashier and then retired after working in the Circle K warehouse.

She was a kind and gentle Christian who raised four children, two of which preceded her in death: Lola VanDenberg and Gerard Grzasko, both of Michigan. Her passion was singing - in church as a child with piano accompaniment of her cousin Sue, in a church choir in later years, Christmas carolling - pretty much whenever the mood struck her. She cherished the company of friends and family (especially the kids and babies) and loved baking holiday treats and meals for them. She also enjoyed gardening and travel. Mrs. Rocheleau had a huge, loving heart, a warm smile and lots of hugs to share. She already is greatly missed.

Mrs. Rocheleau is survived by two daughters, Anna VanDenberg of Michigan and Rose-Mary Grzasko of Phoenix; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-garandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Sue Horn of Tennessee, whom she considered another sister.

She is interred with her husband at VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Joan of Arc, Hillside Baptist Church, The Salvation Army or the VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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Sue Horn

8 July 2019

Cousin Peggy was the closest thing to a sister I ever had. We were closer than any sisters I know about.
Saturday was movie night when we were girls. We'd go and get some money from Creed (Peggy's dad), then we'd go get some money from Lola (her mom) and then we'd get some from my mom (Cora) so we had enough to get something to eat if we got hungry. We usually would share a sundae which was a problem because she liked hot fudge and I liked strawberry. Finally the shop owner caught on and gave us half and half.
Last time Peggy was in Tennessee, we sat on my back porch and sang and sang. We sang all the songs we saw at the movies, and she remembered all the words!
We reminisced about our childhood - there are just too many memories.
One was Mom sent me and Peggy to take some food to an old man who lived next door - only he was dead when we got there. We decided we'd put our heads together and figure out what happaned. There was a hole in the wall, so we thought he'd been shot. Turns out he had a heart attack.
Another memory was Mom sent a chicken to Lola's for dinner, but Peggy and I were embarrassed and didn't want to carry it because our friends would see us walking along the train tracks with it. So we made Mary Alice (Peggy's little sister) carry it; its head bobbed every time Mary hit a railroad tie. It was alive and really too big for her to carry.
Peggy's kids can attest to our antics as adults. So many memories ...

A’Dora Woodard

5 July 2019

Granny always knew how to make people laugh. That’s one of the things I remember most about her is that she loved to laugh, and she loved to laugh with others. It was very easy to get Granny to laugh. She’s always had this joy inside her, a joy you knew had to be found in Jesus and I’m guessing that joy is why she laughed so much. R.I.P., Granny, I Love You. ♥️

Carole Vaughn

5 July 2019

We'll miss you Peggy. We wish we could have spent more time with you. You were a wonderful mother-in-law to Bill. We enjoyed the holidays we spent with you and will never forget the time we had with each other. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.

Christina Hall

4 July 2019

Oh where do I begin. ... I have so many memories of my grandma when I was growing up. Always loved her phone calls. I remember one time she called to find out what we wanted for Christmas and my mom (Lola) said "no" about something, and Grandma was like, "Oh, honey, you tell grandma what you want." That was the year I got my 110 camera for Christmas. Later in life after I married and I had Kaidynce, she came and stayed with my aunt (Anna) and uncle (Don) for a period of time. She would sit and love on all the great-grandchildren. You could tell she was enjoying it. I loved the stories she would tell about my mom and aunts and uncles growing up. I will miss her saying, "Come here, little girl" to aunt Anna and laughing after she said it. Oh how I love and miss you, Grams. Love you always.

Don VanDenberg

4 July 2019

When my mother-in-law Peggy came to stay with us a couple of times, Anna would be out in the kitchen either cooking or washing dishes, Peggy would say "Hey little girl (in her little girl voice), can I help you with something?" as she sat in the chair rocking. Now the girls do that to their mother. ... She would say the funniest things. She will be missed.

Joyce Ann Van Denberg

3 July 2019

When I was growing up, Grandma Peggy would always make sure to call and check up on all of us grandkids. Every phone call was "I love you" and "Who's next?" was one thing I will always remember. When Grandma came up to visit, she told me I was a good mom and she was proud of how I raised Paige - that will be something I hold in my heart.

Faith Woodard

3 July 2019

I am the oldest grandchild of G'ma Peggy.
I remember when I was younger - much younger - we would talk on the phone and the first thing we would say to each other was a line from a country song “Are you naked” and then we would crack up. G'ma was always happy and you could hear her joy over the phone when she was talking to her G'kids. Another memory is when she got me a cabbage patch doll for Christmas (I still have it at my parents' house). All of my nieces and some nephews have played with it and even my granddaughters now play with it. She was so excited when she came in 1992 to see her first great-grandchild, Nate. She will forever be missed, never forgotten and always in my heart. Love you, G'ma.

Denton Great-Grandkids

3 July 2019

Our great-grandma (as we would call her Granny) was a good lady. We remember her coming to Michigan and being with us. She would sing to us and tell us stories about our grandma (Anna) and her siblings, then she would move on to tell us stories about our mom (Samantha). When we would go outside, she would join us and watch us play; sometimes she would join in, especially if we had water guns. We were sad when we heard the news about Granny. We know that she is watching over all of us and making sure we are doing right. We will miss her lots and cherish every memory we have of her. Love you, Granny.
~your great-grandkids~

Gracyn Denton

3 July 2019

Peggy was my great-grandma. My favorite memories with her were when we went up north for a wedding. She was always so happy when she was around everyone. She loved us all very much. She was a beautiful woman with such a great personality. I love Granny and I always will. She was the most kind and beautiful woman I’ve ever met and I’m so happy I got to know her. Fly high, Granny, we love you.

Samantha Denton

3 July 2019

I was one of 5 grandchildren on her side of the family. Grandma was a great woman and fun to be around. I remember the time that my husband and I went to visit her in Phoenix before we had children. It was a fun relaxing vacation. She would always tell us stories about my mom (Anna) and her siblings when they were growing up. She was proud of all of them. She will always be in our hearts. We love her with all our hearts. She will be greatly missed!! Luv u, Grandma - Granny as my kids called her.

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